5 Reasons NOT to Buy Morph-O-Scopes Kits, Packets & Party Fun Packs

1. You might get a concussion (smacking yourself in the forehead and moaning, “Why didn’t I buy these sooner?!”) 2. Your heart could race (“Why are the kids being so quiet in the other room?”) 3. You’ll think you’re hallucinating (What?! Do I really see them sharing a toy?”) 4. You might go hoarse (“Stop…

OK GO Anamorphic Art. That’s What I’m Talking About!

Great anamorphic art antics and optical illusion fun video: OK GO’s “The Writing’s On the Wall”!

Negative and Positive: Optical Illusions and Anamorphosis

I adore negatives that are also positives – anything that can be seen more than one way. I grin like a fool at two-toned silk fabric, figure/ground logos, mowed baseball fields, vacuumed-patterned rugs, and even double entendres like Flintstones’ slogan “10 Million Strong and Growing!” I can’t resist stroking Ultrasuede up and down, tracing designs…

Bacteria Art – This Could Go Viral!

OK. OK. I hear the groans.  (Giggle)  My brain can’t resist playing with words the way Zachery Copfer plays with bacteria – fancifully, lovingly.  Microbiologist-turned-artist, Copfer has had a long, close, I might even say symbiotic interaction with bacteria.  He got to know them so well he can induce bacteria growth in predicted patterns to…

Hidden in Plain Sight – Rain-Activated Art

WEST SEATTLE — (Brett Cihon’s article paraphrased below.) Peregrine Church, 21, has created art with a different twist. The art appears only when it rains. Church uses a biologically friendly superhydrocoating to paint inspirational phrases on sidewalks. The image is visible only when wet. Church doesn’t think of himself as an artist. Instead, he thinks…

2014 Academics’ Choice BRAIN TOY Award Winner!

Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit Wins 2014 Academics’ Choice Award for Mind-Building Excellence SEATTLE, WA (May 1, 2014)  –  OOZ & OZ is pleased to announce that its Morph-O-Scopes “Sports of All Sorts” Kit has been honored with a 2014 Academics’ Choice Brain Toy Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for…

Academics’ Choice Awards

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Academics’ Choice Awards™ help parents and educators validate claims such as “better thinking” and “educational toy” with a qualified, scientific and objective approach to evaluation. Academics’ Choice Awards™ bring recognition to the best thinking-based products in the industry. <strong>Our mission</strong>: to help buyers find the best brain-boosting material on the market. We help parents and…

Q: Is STEAM Just a Lot of Hot Air?

What do I think? I think the Arts absolutely deserve a seat at the STEM table. No question! The Arts utilize the same critical thinking skills essential for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The difference between STEM and STEAM lies chiefly in the form taken by lessons and products. Unfortunately, many artists/art educators aren’t trained…

Optical Illusions for Ray-Ban by Brusspup – Awesome!

The first video below – Brusspup’s Rubik’s Cube – went viral this year. I know because customers from all over the world who loved and bought Morph-O-Scopes from me at the Ventures Store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market were excited to share the video as “this other totally cool anamorphic thing on YouTube!”  We gushed…

Forgive me, followers, for I have sinned (according to the bible of blog). It has been four months since my last post.

I really shouldn’t feel guilty.  After all, I was having some big life events: a “totaled” car,  near loss of my nonagenarian mom, and my own double hernia surgery (followed by nasty post-op UTIs and two re-injured cervical disks. (Thank you, anesthesiologist!)  Good times. So, yeah, I have excuses. Nonetheless, dear readers, you’ve been in…